Birds and Worms News Volume 13 Issue 2 Page 1 June 2009
Birds & Worms News the newsletter of the Newport Yacht Club, Rochester NY
Same View NYC Clubhouse Renovation before (almost) and after (JB photo)
What's Up? Dogs - If you bring one to the club, it should be leashed
7/24 – General Membership Meeting (7:30) with dinner or under tight control. If a member or visitor should get
hosted by Laser Fleet (6:00) bit, it would be terrible. Furthermore, the club assets
8/22-23 - Snipe regatta would be at risk in litigation. If your dog leaves a
9/7 – Brown Jug Regatta (RCC's turn to host) “present”, it is your job to clean up. No dogs are allowed
in the clubhouse. “Why?” you ask. I came early for a
Board meeting on Monday 6/1 and found a “present” in
Editor's Comments – J. Boettcher the middle of the clubhouse floor.
I know that by now the clubhouse renovation is old news
but I couldn't resist using these before and after shots I Courtesy for Regattas – NYC hosts three regattas each
had for the front page of this newsletter. To all the year. During the early part of each day, there is a lot of
workers who made this happen, give yourself a pat on activity getting boats launched and the parking lot is a
the back. Well done! really busy, congested place. I would suggest that
members not involved in the regatta refrain from coming
Maybe being editor allows me to comment on some down at this time. Late morning and after should be no
topics from time to time. These seem particularly timely problem.
and make common sense to me. I'd be glad to hear any
comments you might have. See you at the General Membership Meeting on July
24th. Don't forget the dinner.
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Since the Last Newsletter – J. Boettcher running and judging races. I recall him being one of the
We had a general membership meeting on Friday April judges at the Lightning Youth Worlds at NYC in 2002.
24th. It was preceded by a wonderful lasagna dinner
hosted by the Snipe Fleet. Commodore Cindy Rick Zuegel died in May. Rick had resigned from the
McReynolds was in Wisconsin attending a family funeral Club several years ago but was a member for years
and Vice Commodore Andy Smith chaired the meeting. before that. He was Commodore when I joined the Club
This was the first meeting held in the newly remodeled in 1982. Rick was an excellent photographer and
clubhouse and the membership was very impressed with provided the several award winning, action photos of
the results. The remodeling was the subject of several Lightning racing on the walls of the clubhouse.
reports during the meeting. Treasurer Don Curran
reported that $4,400 had been spent on the project. Eric Laser News
Schoenhardt, project leader, estimated the value of the Eleven competitors participated in the June 13th regatta.
work done at $30,000 and credited the high level of The day was slightly overcast but the wind was
participation of the members for the project success. reasonably steady on the Bay at 8-12 knots from the
Jobs to be done at the spring work party the next day north. PRO Peter Allen assisted by Peggy Crevey ran
were discussed by several officers. The fleets reviewed the races from the Doc Mac and made several course
recent activities and promoted upcoming regattas and and line adjustments to keep the racing fair. Six races
events. Howard Stickney reported that NYC is full with were held with one of these being a throw out. The
regard to slips for cruising boats. results have a lot of deja vu in them. NYC sailor Mark
Sertl took first place for the second year in a row and
The docks and haulouts are pretty well populated and Jamie Moran took second for the third consecutive year.
the sailing season is in full swing. We've had two Third place went to Laser District Secretary Chas
regattas and Thursday Night Sailing is underway. Read Williamson. Complete race results at the end of this
about these items and more in the pages that follow. newsletter.
Vice Commodore News
Andy Smith sent this photo. Poor choice of a nesting
spot. I don't think this had a happy ending even with
Andy fencing off the area.
One of the starts at Laser Regatta 6/13 (RS photo)
Following racing, the competitors enjoyed a light lunch
followed by the awards ceremony. On shore staff
Mallard Duck nest adjacent West Dock (AS photo)
consisted of Fleet Captain Dean Clayton, assisted by
Julie Clayton, Bob Shanebrook, and John Boettcher.
Membership Committee Report – J. Boettcher
I don't have any new members to introduce to you in this
newsletter but there are a number of candidates that
There have been a number of changes in the fleet. In a
have been approved by the Board and await member
big loss Howard Stickney decided to stop sailing. His
approval at the July meeting.
boat is up for sale. Chris and Jodi Reynolds resigned
and their boat was purchased by John Atkins who also
We note the resignation in good standing of George
moved to Howard's haulout. John's boat was purchased
Hock. George was a member and active Snipe sailor for
by Logan McReynolds making the McReynolds clan a
many years. I believe he had high certification for
two Lightning family.
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Both days of the Lightning regatta (6/6-7) were sailed on Peter Allen will be the Principal Race Officer and
the Bay with Peter Allen acting as PRO. Twenty one Rosemary Dahl will be in charge of the food.
boats competed in moderate to light wind. Ched Proctor Volunteers are hereby solicited to help them and for
won the regatta (9 pts) with Dan Thompson (18) and other tasks (photography, parking, hoist operation,
NYC's Dan Pope (19) being very close for second and registration, scoring, protests, security, etc.). Also, some
third, respectively. Detailed race results are appended of the hot-shot visiting skippers may need local crew.
to the end of this newsletter. Contact Regatta Chair Norm Dahl.
New Fleet at NYC - Lynn Bluett
We have four Catalina 22s at NYC. There used to be a
local Catalina 22 fleet, but it became inactive about 2
years ago. The last fleet captain worked at Xerox in the
building next to mine. When I heard he was moving to
California in January I contacted him and he gave me all
of the information he had, including the original charter
for the fleet. I am already a member of the National
Catalina 22 association. I contacted the National
Association and told them I was interested in re-
activating the fleet. I am now listed as the fleet captain
for local Fleet 141. All four boats at NYC are members
of the fleet. We had our organizational meeting in May.
Ed Bell, Rob and Eugenie Rebres and Denise and I
Leeward mark action at the June Lightning Regatta (RS photo) were the only attendees. Just as the meeting was
Phil Lange was regatta chairman. Dinner on Saturday ending, Jack Finear arrived. We are currently
was provided by Stickey Lips. discussing what activity we will have in August. A
person that has her C22 at Maier's Marina at the north
Snipe Stuff – Tom Lee end of the Bay is interested in joining the fleet. It is a
The Snipers concluded the off season with a Potluck small fleet, but we are hopeful that it will gain interest.
Brunch hosted by Ted and Barb Horvath. The food, We hope to keep it located at NYC.
conversation and beverages were wonderful. A highlight
was having a new potential member, Stan Marshall, TNS Update
introduced to the group. He has a good deal of Thursday Night Sailing started on June 11th. No racing
experience sailing and boating in a variety of craft, results to share but Sally Atkins provided this really nice
including Snipes. Stan is intending to crew for Tom Lee photo.
beginning June 14th. He is hoping to familiarize himself
with the variety of craft sailed at NYC, prior to making a
The Spring Series of 2009 has concluded with Norm
Dahl as the champ. Norm scored 1603.67 points
followed by Ted Horvath with 1577.33 and Rick Trauscht
Big Snipe Regatta This August - Norm Dahl
Newport will host two simultaneous Snipe regattas on
August 22-23. In addition to the Briody Memorial, which
draws boats from Canada and Ohio, we will host the US
District I Championship, which draws from
Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maryland. Our regatta
comes just a week after the North Americans at Erie, TNS Racing with GB Heron in foreground (SA photo)
PA, so some skippers will leave their boats in our
parking lot and return for the Districts/ Briody. Best NYC Regatta History – Lori Foster
guess for turnout is around 25, a big change from our Over the years Newport Yacht Club has hosted many
usual 10-12 boats. regattas for the Lightning, Snipe and Laser fleets. The
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majority of these regattas are for those sailors in the Listed below are some recent major regattas hosted by
district of said fleet. NYC has also had the honors of Newport Yacht Club.
hosting major national and international regattas.
1990 Women’s, Junior’s and Masters National Lightning
There are several factors that are taken into account Regatta
when considering hosting a regatta. Some of the 1995 Sears Cup Area B trials in Lightnings
questions asked by the hosting club are: can the facility 1998 Empire State Games competition in Lasers
handle the volume of participants, is there Board 2002 Lightning Youth World Championships
support, is the Club membership interested in 2009 Snipe District 1 Championship in conjunction with
volunteering for the event, are our race committee boats the Briody Memorial (now in its 72+ year!)
reliable and can the event be made affordable to
competitors? Some of the selection committee
considerations are: is the racing venue (Lake Ontario or Newsletter Contributions
Irondequoit Bay) appropriate, are the weather conditions Thanks to Bob Shanebrook, Sally Akins and Andy Smith
sufficient, can after racing events be hosted at the club for the photos in this newsletter. Eva Smith is
or nearby facilities, and is the sponsoring club reliable to responsible for turning the draft of the newsletter into
host the event? proper English. John Boettcher is the editor. Next issue
will be in August of 2009. Send contributions to J.
These hosting honors are awarded one to two years Boettcher.
before the regatta, allowing sufficient time to organize.
Results from June 13 Laser Regatta (Dean Clayton, Feet Captain)
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Lightning Regatta Results (Phil Lange, Regatta Chair)
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2009 NYC Officers and Board
Office name phone email
Commodore Cindy McReynolds 425-7715 email@example.com
Vice Commodore Andy Smith 482-1467 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rear Commodore Dave Skolnik 388-2821 email@example.com
Treasurer Don Curran 227-1855 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Treasurer Peggy Crevey 342-9402 PCrevey@empireval.com
Secretary Rob Rebres 787-4355 email@example.com
Harbormaster Larry Hill 334-8185 Lawrence.Hill@rit.edu
Race Chairman Eric Schoenhardt 381-9076 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruising Fleet Captain Paul Riordan 461-9531 email@example.com
Laser Fleet Captain Dean Clayton 249-9489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lightning Fleet Captain Dan Pope 223-5925 email@example.com
Snipe Fleet Captain Tom Lee 544-9601 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Bill Andrews 377-4654 email@example.com
Director Howard Stickney 467-2161 no email